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San Diego History Center tickets

San Diego History Center tickets

Gate Prices Adult $5.00
Child (3-12)

The suggested admission to this museum is $5.00. Smart Destinations will be making a donation on behalf of all Go San Diego Card customers.

Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the San Diego History Center presents the colorful and diverse history of the region, interpreting San Diego's growth from the period prior to European settlement to the present. Its core exhibition, Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego, contains many interactive components and fascinating artifacts, including an 1866 Stagecoach, a 1921 Model T Ford and a 30' by 30' floor map of San Diego County.

The San Diego History Center also offers changing exhibitions and public programs to further enhance the visitor's experience. The galleries will be expanding in the near future, so please call ahead for an up-to-date list of exhibitions.

The San Diego History Center was founded by George W. Marston in 1928. Motivated by the understanding that San Diego was a growing city, Marston began acquiring land on Presidio Hill, right above Old Town San Diego, to commemorate the site where Franciscan Padre Junípero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portolá had built the first Spanish settlement in Alta California in 1769.

Today, the San Diego History Center serves over 81,000 visitors each year. Hands-on activities are offered for family audiences, and public programming for adults includes tours, lectures, and panel discussions. The library houses over 2.5 million photographs making it one of the largest in the country.

The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes San Diego History Center tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

Present your pass at the admissions counter.


Daily, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.


Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


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1649 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

Take Highway 163 to Park Blvd. Turn left on Park, use parking lots near the Natural History Museum and Ruben H. Fleet Science Center.

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